Last week on a family Christmas visit to Chippenham, we had a walk by the Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal near the Wiltshire town of Devizes. In all there are 29 locks, although in the main flight, which we walked along, there are 16.
Although the weather was rather dull, the endless rain that we've recently endured had finally stopped, and it was good to get a breath of air in some unfamiliar surroundings.
We started our walk near the top of the locks - with great views over the surrounding countryside.
The path was a bit muddy in places, but we managed to avoid the worst of the mud.
There is no mechanisation of the locks here - opening and closing the sluices and gates is all done manually.
A working barge was making it's way up the locks. However, the crew seemed to be packing up and mooring here - it would take possibly 3-4 hours to negotiate this main flight of locks, and there was only an hour or so of daylight left.
So they were doing the sensible thing, and leaving the effort of getting up the locks to another day.
We still had to walk back up to the top of the flight to retrieve our car. We felt we deserved a good meal afterwards, and had an excellent one in the George Inn at Sandy Lane.